What can I do if I have a BRCA mutation?

The lifetime risk of developing certain types of cancer is greatly increased for women and men who inherit a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Men and women can learn if they have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation by getting evaluated.

Knowing about the presence of a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation can be lifesaving. There are many interventions that can increase the chance for early diagnosis and/or lower the chances for developing cancer.

Men and women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation may do the following:

  • Choose to start screening for breast cancer at age 25
  • Receive specialized breast screening that includes regular mammography and breast MRI
  • Participate in screening studies that offer cutting-edge technologies
  • Be screened for ovarian cancer
  • Choose to have ovaries or healthy breast tissue removed to reduce risk of developing cancer
  • Be candidates for other specialized types of enhanced screening
  • Receive personalized medical recommendations for overall health

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